North Korea gets the bulk of its oil from China, its main ally and trading partner, and a lesser amount from Russia.
How have the Indian and Chinese media been covering the Doklam standoff?
On Thursday, Swaraj had told Rajya Sabha that India’s position to end the stand-off at Doklam was for both the countries to withdraw their troops.
South Korea had decided last year to deploy the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, in response to the North Korean missile threat to which China opposes.
The move would bring no benefit but damage Sino-US ties instead, a senior Chinese official in charge of Tibet affairs was quoted by a state-run newspaper.
Editorials in the influential Global Times newspaper appear ahead of a July 12 international court ruling on competing claims in the South China Sea.
Despite the final defeat of Rajapaksa—prime mover of closer ties with Beijing—Colombo is buried under billions of dollars of Chinese debt and has little option but to go along, albeit at a pace slower than earlier.
“When your media talks up our border and says very tough words, we have to react to it,” says the editor of Global Times. “And that creates this feeling as if there is tension between the two countries. But this tension is not real.”